University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry. Noncommercial use only, video used with permission. Riparian forest buffers are natural or re-established streamside forests made up of tree, shrub and grass plantings. They buffer non-point source pollution of waterways from adjacent land, reduce streambank erosion, protect aquatic environments and enhance wildlife. Learn the basics of establishing a riparian buffer practice and how profitable products, like decorative woody florals, can be implemented into the buffer.